A licence is required to remove any amount of friable asbestos and more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos in a workplace. However there is no restriction on the amount or type of asbestos a homeowner can remove from their own home.
Due to the safety risks involved, all asbestos should be removed by a business licensed to remove asbestos. Asbestos removal licences are issued to a business. The individual workers removing the asbestos are not licensed, but must have completed certain training requirements.An asbestos removal licence issued by NT WorkSafe is valid for five years.
Before licensed asbestos removal work begins, the licenced removalist or its workers must:
A licensed asbestos removalist must prepare and document an ARCP for any licensed asbestos removal work. The ARCP must include:
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) carrying out high risk construction work must prepare and document a safe work method statement (SWMS). High risk construction work includes construction work that involves or is likely to involve, the disturbance of asbestos. A SWMS must:
If the high risk construction work only involves the removal of asbestos, a SWMS is not required if the asbestos removal control plan includes the information normally contained in a SWMS.
The asbestos removal control plan and the SWMS must be kept until the work the documents were prepared for have been completed. The asbestos removal control plan must be readily accessible to other PCBUs and workers at the workplace, and the SWMS must be readily accessible to any worker engaged by the PCBU to carry out the high risk construction work.If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the work the documents were prepared for, that document must be kept for two years after the incident occurs.
The removal of less than ten square metres of non-friable asbestos containing material (ACM), or removal of asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD) associated with that work, does not require an asbestos removal control plan, however a SWMS is required and must be documented.Asbestos-related work means work involving asbestos other than asbestos removal work, for example, drilling into ACM. Asbestos-related work that is also high risk construction work (i.e. construction work that involves the disturbance of asbestos) requires a documented SWMS.